IMO Workshop 5: Immune Cancer (2015)
Welcome to the registration page for the 5th Integrated Mathematical Oncology (IMO) workshop. This workshop is designed to motivate and facilitate a hands-on modeling experience focused on the role of the immune system in cancer. The workshop is comprised of both an educational event and competition and divides participants into multiple teams combining clinical, experimental and theoretical members. These teams integrate their energies to develop and implement a mathematical model focussed on the role of the immune system in cancer progression and treatment. The teams are expected to come up with a model, solve it and give a presentation all within 4.5 intense days.
Several independent judges will view the closing presentations and decide the winning team. This year we are very pleased to have no less than 2 associate Cancer Center Diretors as judges, Dr. James Mule (Translational Research) and Dr. John Cleveland (Basic Science). To facilitate integration and motivate participation we are offering an Amazon gift voucher to active participants of the winning team and to the runner up team. In addition, to facilitate further development of the winning project we are offering a $50K pilot grant to the leaders of the winning team.
As with last years workshop there will be an opportunity for participants to showcase their own research during a poster session on the 8th, this will be preceded by a "speed dating for scientists" to break the ice among diverse group of participants. The opening presentation on the 9th will summarise what is expected of the teams and serve to motivate the subsequent hands on model development sessions. Participation in the workshop requires registration in order to generate the teams and give numbers for the food and beverages we are providing throughout the workshop.
We are offering deluxe travel awards for external participation!!! Each award will cover flight + accommodation + per diem for up to 6 nights and allow for both national and international scientists to participate in this unique hands on educational event. If you are either a PhD student, Postdoctoral student or junioir faculty with a passion for research and a desire to better understand cancer then please apply during the registration process. Please note: the travel awards are extremely limited and will be offered on a competitive basis, application does not gaurantee participation. If you are able to cover your own expenses, please indicate this during the registration process.
TRAVEL AWARD APPLICATION WILL BE CLOSING ON MONDAY 12th October 2015. AWARD WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED ON 16th October 2015.
It is widely assumed that all clinical cancers must overcome the predator-like effects of the immune system during the course of their development and that harnessing the immune response to tumors could be an effective therapy. However, only in the last few years has immunotherapy begun to fulfill its promise as new agents and strategies are beginning to elicit significant tumor responses. Unfortunately, like other tumor treatments, immunotherapy is typically defeated by the tumor evolutionary response. This workshop will consider all aspects of the immune-tumor interaction through a range of cancers and treatments. More explicit details will follow.
Sunday, 6PM, 8th November 2015 - Friday 1PM, 13th November 2015.
Speed dating & Poster session: SRB Atrium, 6PM 8th November.
Intoductory presentation: SRB Murphey, 9AM 9th November.
Working group sessions: Various rooms, 9-12th November.
Closing presentations: SRB Murphey, 9AM 13th November.
For more information concerning participation or about the workshop in general please contact IMO Department Asisstant Yvette Mieles directly at Yvette Mieles@Moffitt.org.
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Are you an individual, society or company interested in sponsoring this event? Please contact IMO Deparmtent Chair, Alexander.Anderson@Moffitt.org.
The primary goal of Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department, at the Moffitt Cancer Center, is the integration of theoretical and computational modeling tools into clinical and experimental cancer research to aid in both the core understanding of cancer processes and the mechanisms that drive them.
By using a range of mathematical modeling approaches targeted at specific types of cancer we will aid in the development and testing of treatment strategies. This multi-model, multi-scale approach allows for a diverse and rich interdisciplinary environment that will create many novel approaches for the treatment and understanding cancer.
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